26 Surprising Facts About Coffee… #23 Might Be Grounds For Divorce.
Most of us cannot begin our day without a hot cup of coffee. The strong aroma is enough to get us out of bed. Younger generations might assume coffee is only trendy because of a certain Seattle-based company. As it turns out, this delicious java drink has a long history: evolving from an edible energy treat, to wine, until finally it became known for its hot brew.
Despite its popularity today, café has not always been welcomed by the establishment, particularly in Europe. Here are some really cool facts about coffee. You may want to share these with friends or strangers next time you’re waiting in line for your latté.
#1. Kaldi was an Ethiopian goat herder around 800 A.D. Legend says the shepherd noticed the goats were dancing and behaving strangely after eating the berries from the coffee tree.
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#2. Catholics believed coffee to be the "bitter invention of Satan." They urged Pope Clement VII to ban the brew in 1600. After having a cup, it is said he declared, "this devil's drink is so delicious...we should cheat the devil by baptizing it!"
#3. King Charles II banned coffee shops in England in 1675. He was paranoid people were using the coffee houses to conspire against him.
#4. East African tribes used the coffee cherries to make a paste with animal fat into little balls for extra energy during battles. By 1000 A.D., Ethiopians were brewing wine with the beans.
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